Free NBA Youngboy, Joe Biden!

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There has not been an artist in the music industry quite like Youngboy Never Broke Again. Born Kentrell Gaulden, the Baton Rouge rapper stepped onto the scene in 2015 with his debut mixtape Life Before Fame. Since then, he has released over 20 projects and has seen great success in his music career. However, he has faced many legal issues in his short six year career. Since 2015, he has been arrested five times for a multitude of violent crimes as well as possession of illegal substances. His music career may have benefited from his criminal lifestyle, but the rest of his life has been negatively affected.

In March of 2021, the FBI arrested Gaulden for an outstanding warrant which stemmed from another arrest in September 2020 that resulted in over 15 arrests. Before he was arrested, Youngboy had an almost cult-like fanbase, showing unconditional support to the rapper no matter what happened. This support rapidly increased following his arrest. Groups of people went to Twitter, Instagram, and Tiktok to make comments such as “Yb better” and “Nobody cares. Post Yb.” This played a significant role in the campaign to grant him clemency.

In September 2021, a petition was created that called upon President Biden to free Gaulden. The petition cited reasons such as the 21-year-old rapper being a father of eight children and not being read his Miranda rights. In the past, the White House’s website had a section where it claimed that if a petition reached 100,000 signatures in 30 days, the White House would respond with the exception of criminal proceedings as well as federal processes. Before October 25th, the petition to free Gaulden had amassed 150,000 signatures. On October 26th, Gaulden was released on bond following his hearing in California for an unrelated weapons charge and he will serve house arrest in Utah as he awaits trial for his federal case.

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